Faculty and Professional Staff

Director

Chris Smith, Director

Dr. Christian Smith

William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology
Principal Investigator for the Global Religion Research Initiative

Interests: Religion in Modernity, Adolescents, Evangelicalism, Culture

Affiliated Faculty

Kraig Beyerlein

Dr. Kraig Beyerlein

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social movements, Civic Engagement, U.S.- Mexico Border                             

Kevin Christiano

Dr. Kevin Christiano

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: American and Canadian Religion, Comparative-Historical Sociology, Canadian Politics

Jessica Collett

Dr. Jessica Collett

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social Psychology (Group Processes, Identity, Interaction), Methods and Measurement

Edwin Hernandez

Dr. Edwin Hernández

Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Latino Religion and Research
Director for the DeVos Family Foundations

Interests: Latino Religious Experience, Theological Education, Congregational Studies, Evaluation, Education Initiatives

Donna Freitas

Dr. Donna Freitas

Non - Residential Research Associate

Interests:  Religion, Spirituality, Young Adults, Hookup Culture, Social Media, The Big Questions, and Meaning-Making

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Dr. Mary Ellen Konieczny

Associate Professor of Sociology and Henkels Family Collegiate Chair

Interests: Religion, Culture, Social Theory, Family, Gender, Political Sociology                                                      

Atalia Omer

Dr. Atalia Omer

Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies

Interests: Religion, Nationalism, Citizenship, Peacebuilding, Justice, Multiculturalism, Ethnoreligious National Conflicts

David Sikkink

Dr. David Sikkink

Associate Professor of Sociology
Principal Investigator for the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative                                                                          

Interests: Religion, Education, Civic Engagement

Jason Springs

Dr. Jason A. Springs

Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Peace Studies

Interests: Religious Pluralism, Secularization in Europe and North America, Multiculturalism, Postliberal Theology, Human Rights and Restorative Justice, Contemporary Pragmatism

Erika Summers-Effler

Dr. Erika Summers-Effler

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social Movements, Ethnography, Qualitatitave Methods

Thomas Tweed

Dr. Thomas Tweed

Professor, Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair in American Studies

Michael Welch

Dr. Michael Welch

Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social Trust, Social Capital, Crime                                                                            

Staff

Diana


Diana Brown

Research Assistant

 

Sara Skiles

Sara Skiles

Project Manager and Researcher, Cardus Project

Interests: Sociology of Culture, Stratification, Taste and Consumption

Rae H

Rae Hoffman

Center Program Coordinator

Olivia Rotolo

Olivia Rotolo

Communications Specialist